"THE BOTTOM LINE"
2 Timothy 3:16 and Ephesians 5:25
February 16, 1992
In 1848, at the age of twelve, the father of Andrew Carnegie
moved the Carnegie family from Scotland to Pennsylvania.
As a young lad, Carnegie began to make $1.20 per week. By
age 28, he had become a general manager of a railroad earning
$2,500 a year and another $50,000 from investments in stocks
and bonds. At age 33, he began his own steel company and
in time became the most dominant in all of America.
In 1901, eighteen years before his death, he began to make
plans to give away his money. Carnegie was quoted as saying,
"The man who dies rich, dies disgraced." He sold his steel
empire in 1901 for $500 million. He directed $350 million
toward the common good of others. He created schools, a
peace endowment, 2,500 public libraries, New York's Carnegie
Hall, and a philanthropic foundation that continues to dispense
his wealth today.
L want you to listen very carefully. I do not know if Carnegie
is in heaven today, but he knew much about the bottom line
in life. The bottom line in the first part of his life was to
make money. The bottom line in the last part of his life was
to give away his money to others. What is the bottom line
in your life?
The bottom line in the business world, and rightly so, is
to make a profit. The bottom line in the family is to keep
that family together through the bond of love. The bottom
line in relationships is caring for others.
What is the bottom line in your life today? What is the
bottom line in the church? Today is "I Love My Church
Day!" It is the celebration of our fourth anniversary in
our beautiful worship center. The question I want to answer
today is "What is the bottom line in our church?"
I. JESUS AND HIS CHURCH.
There are five facts about the church that Jesus is very
clear about in the scripture:
1. Jesus loves the church. (Ephesians 5:25 says, "Christ
also loved the church.")
2. Jesus d ...
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